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Description: 2003 saw Hourglass move production from Pride Mountain to our new facility with Robert Foley and Switchback Ridge. As a result, the ’03 vintage did not get oak treatment until much later in the aging cycle. Early tastings indicated an immature wine with elevated sweet oak profile and lighter texture (absent were the traditional Hourglass markers). Recent tastings show that in the past six months this wine has integrated beautifully, picking up texture and aromatics, thus making it somewhat of a late bloomer. The signature Hourglass aromatics of black licorice, pomegranate, and eucalyptus, are now well integrated with the classic sweet coffee/toffee of our oak regime. The ’03 vintage is not as massive texturally as 2002, but is more along the lines of the traditional elegance and balance that Hourglass is known for. In short, another beautiful representation of this special vineyard and Bob Foley’s deft hand as winemaker.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


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